## A New Condition Measure, Pre-Conditioners, and Relations between Different Measures of Conditioning for Conic Linear Systems (2001)

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@MISC{Epelman01anew,

author = {Marina Epelman and Robert M. Freund},

title = {A New Condition Measure, Pre-Conditioners, and Relations between Different Measures of Conditioning for Conic Linear Systems},

year = {2001}

}

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In recent years, a body of research into "condition numbers" for convex optimization has been developed, aimed at capturing the intuitive notion of problem behavior. This research has been shown to be relevant in studying the efficiency of algorithms (including interior-point algorithms) for convex optimization as well as other behavioral characteristics of these problems such as problem geometry, deformation under data perturbation, etc. This paper studies measures of conditioning for a conic linear system of the form (FP d ): Ax = b; x 2 CX , whose data is d = (A; b). We present a new measure of conditioning, denoted d , and we show implications of d for problem geometry and algorithm complexity, and demonstrate that the value of = d is independent of the speci c data representation of (FP d ). We then prove certain relations among a variety of condition measures for (FP d ), including d , d , d , and C(d). We discuss some drawbacks of using the condition number C(d) as the sole measure of conditioning of a conic linear system, and we introduce the notion of a "pre-conditioner" for (FP d ) which results in an equivalent formulation (FP ~ d ) of (FP d ) with a better condition number C( ~ d). We characterize the best such pre-conditioner and provide an algorithm and complexity analysis for constructing an equivalent data instance ~ d whose condition number C( ~ d) is within a known factor of the best possible.